LSE-Sawiris Scholarships

Two billion more people will be living cities by 2050, with 80% of urban growth taking place in Africa and Asia. Understanding how cities can be better governed, planned and managed is one of the critical challenges of the 21st century in countries, like Egypt, which are experiencing rapid urbanisation.

The LSE-Sawiris Scholarships are funded by the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development, a philanthropic organisation based in Egypt that contributes to the country’s development, creates sustainable job opportunities, and empowers citizens to build productive lives that realise their full potential.

Through the generosity of the Sawiris Foundation, LSE Cities is able to offer two fully funded places for Executive MSc in Cities applicants who live in Egypt and work for a public or third sector organisation in Egypt.  

The deadline to apply to the LSE-Sawiris Scholarships has now passed. All candidates will be notified of a decision by the end of April 2021. 


The LSE-Sawiris Scholarships are open to Executive MSc in Cities applicants who are from and based in Egypt and who work for a public or third sector organisation in Egypt. This includes people who are employed by a local / national government or by a charity, a non-profit or an NGO.

Please note that people who are employed by private sector organisations are not eligible to apply for the LSE-Sawiris Scholarships, even if their company is contracted for work by a government organisation.  

Applicants must also meet the eligibility criteria for the Executive MSc in Cities by having at least 10 years of work experience in an urban-related field, as well as having attained an undergraduate degree with an overall result equivalent to a 2.1 (overall result of 80% or higher from an Egyptian university).

Full details of the Executive MSc in Cities' eligibility requirements can be found on our How to Apply page.

If you are not sure if you meet our eligibility criteria then please send a copy of your CV or résumé to Please state in the email that you would like the team to check your eligibility for the LSE-Sawiris Scholarships. 

Available Support

Successful awardees of the LSE-Sawiris Scholarships will receive full tuition fee support. 

The Sawiris Foundation will also provide transport to and from Cairo, as well as accommodation and living costs in London during teaching modules.

Application Process

Stage 1: Scholarship Application

To apply for this scheme, please complete our LSE-Sawiris Scholarship application form by 12.00 (noon) on Tuesday 23 March 2021. Please note that this deadline has now passed and we are no longer accepting new applications. 

You will need to upload a recent copy of your CV or résumé in Word or PDF format, so please have this to hand when you complete the form. Your CV should clearly indicate that you have at least 10 years of professional experience in an urban-related field.

When completing the form you will be asked to confirm that you are currently living and working in Egypt, and plan to continue to do so for at least two consecutive years following the conclusion of the programme in February 2023. 

Applications will be assessed based on the strength of your professional experience to date and your potential to achieve positive change in Egyptian cities. 

A panel of LSE academics will review all scholarship applications and will invite a shortlist of candidates to proceed to Stage 2. Please do not proceed to Stage 2 if you are not invited to do so. 

Stage 2: Programme Application

Once the scholarship deadline has passed, a panel of LSE academics will review all applications that meet the scheme’s eligibility criteria. We will then invite a shortlist of candidates to complete an application to the Executive MSc in Cities via LSE’s Online Graduate Application System.

All scholarship candidates will be informed of whether or not they have been shortlisted by Monday 29 March 2021.

Shortlisted candidates will have the £80 application processing fee waived. Instructions on how to apply to the programme and benefit from the application processing fee waiver will be emailed to shortlisted candidates. This fee waiver is only available to shortlisted candidates.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to complete their programme application by Monday 12 April 2021. Further information on the supporting documents required can be found on our How to Apply page.

All shortlisted candidates who completed a programme application by 12 April 2021 will then be invited to interviews which will take place on Tuesday 27 April 2021. All interviews will be conducted via Zoom.

Please note that if you reinstated your 2020/21 programme to 2021/22 you are not required to complete a new programme application. 

Additional Terms

  • Details of the scholarship awardees will be shared with the Egyptian Ministry for Social Solidarity. If the Ministry does not approve the award then the scholarship will be withdrawn. 
  • 2021/22 LSE-Sawiris scholarship awards will be deferred to the 2022/23 academic year in the event that the COVID-19 pandemic prevents in-person teaching. The same will apply if travel between Egypt and the UK is not feasible at the start of the 2021/22 academic year.

Other Scholarship Opportunities

Applicants to the LSE-Sawiris Scholarships are also encouraged to consider applying for the LSE Cities Scholarships and the Bloomberg Scholarship for Public Service. Please note that you will need to complete a separate application for in order to be considered for these scholarships. 

Further details about eligibility, available support, deadlines and the application process for these schemes is available on our Scholarships page.